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Check Six – 1969: 169th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron News

November 6, 2020

The following article was taken from the Winter 1969 issue of the Pūpūkahi. It was written by A1C Gregory Ing.

13th Anniversary. The thirteenth anniversary of the 169th AC&W Squadron was held on October 26th at Paradise Park. Two hundred members and guests of the squadron were present for this memorable occasion.

The night’s festivities were initiated with cocktails being served on a lanai overlooking the park, where the sunset and gentle bird cries enhanced the peaceful Mānoa Valley surroundings. As the evening progressed, dinner was served with background music of a female vocalist and her accompaniment.

Brigadier General Valentine A. Siefermann, representing the Adjutant General, presented a brief resume of the active role of the Air National Guard in Hawai‘i, and the major role in air defense performed by this unit, under the “able command” of Lieutenant Colonel Paul Goya.

The final event of the night’s program was the drawing of various door-prizes. All-in-all, the night was enjoyed by everyone on the thirteenth anniversary of the “birthday” of the 169th AC&W Squadron.

169th NCO Club. Under the able leadership of President Senior Master Sergeant Joseph R. Tibayan and his executive committee, the 169th Non-Commissioned Officer Club has planned a very busy and fruitful year.

Events thus far programmed for the year are grounds beautification, fund raising drive, Christmas display, community project, squadron luau, and NCO Club picnic.

Initially, fifty NCOs had shown their interest and joined the club. But a membership drive has increased total membership to 73 (66%). Hopefully, a membership of 100% can be attained in the near future.

Honor Graduate. Recently returned from 30BR1741A, Weapons Controller (Manual) School at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, is Second Lieutenant Jerry M. Matsuda.

Lieutenant Matsuda received an Honor Graduate Certificate “for his outstanding performance. He exhibited a thorough knowledge of current tactics and techniques, and an exceptional capability as a weapons controller.”

To receive this honor, a graduate must maintain a high level of performance throughout the course. Grades for this course are based on daily radarscope performance, academic tests and detailed evaluation of intercept control procedures.

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